Thursday 22 March 2018

Flood warnings as Ireland to get tail end of Hurricane Bertha

Hold on to your hats as the tail end of Hurricane Bertha is heading this way.

Heavy downpours and localised spot flooding have been forecast for the South and South East tonight as Ireland will also be hit by the remnants of the powerful storm headed for the UK.

The hurricane has brought devastation to the Caribbean Islands as gusts of up to 80mph left thousands of homes without power.

The ex-tropical storm is currently moving across the Atlantic, with remnants expected to reach Europe by Sunday.

Forecasters for Met Eireann said that the storm will be the cause of the heavy and thundery rain tonight.

“It has been downgraded to an ex-tropical storm with remnants of the hurricane. It will be the cause of the rain over the weekend," a Met Eireann spokesperson told

“We have a warning issued for the South and South East tonight. There’s an uncertainty on the fontal system that’s bringing the rain but there’s a risk of spot flooding.”

However, the effects of the storm will not be long-term, as next week will bring a mixture of “sunshine and showers”.

Temperatures are set to average 15-18 degrees over the next few days with sunny spells in places.

The heavy downpours along the east coast tonight will clear on Sunday morning but showers will return in the afternoon.

The east will be drier on Monday, with heavy showers due to hit Western counties.

Showers will become more widespread on Tuesday and Wednesday will be much drier with just some isolated showers.

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